What could/should happen if Clive Palmer wins his appeal against Mark McGowan?

Before we start with the Clive Palmer vs Mark McGowan debacle, I think some background is required.

It all started with a state agreement between the Labor Government and Clive Palmers business Mineralogy and the development of a mine in Northern Australia. A State agreement is a contract between the Government and a business, they are meant to be confidential largely because there are generally Tax Concessions and other bonuses that the general public cant get. It’s a way to encourage the private sector to invest in infrastructure so the government doesn’t have to pay for it. This State Agreement was way back in 2002. In 2012 the Barnett Government removed Clive Palmer’s access to the Balmoral South Iron Ore Mine, which was apart of the State agreement. He took it to Arbitrator former High Court Judge Michael McHugh, McHugh ruled in Clive Palmers favor in 2014. This should have been the end of it. But it wasn’t. The state Government Appealed the decision and both parties went to mediation with the WA Supreme Court Chief Justice Wayne Martin and then back to the Arbitration later this year. It is at this time that Clive made his original claim at $27.8 Billion.

Now where this gets even messier is the fact that the McGowan Government with the help of the liberals have now made it Law that Clive Palmer can not take further action against the government, they have also writing into law that all past government officials that have had dealings with Mineralogy are cleared of any criminal activities (quote – Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty. Ltd.) Agreement Act 2002 – Section 20 – No appeal or review or criminal liability in respect of protected matters (1) Any conduct of the State that is, or is connected with, a protected matter cannot in any proceedings (a) be appealed against, reviewed, challenged, quashed or called into question on any basis; or (b) be the subject of, on any basis (i) a remedy by way of injunction, declaration, prohibition, mandamus or certiorari; or (ii) a remedy having the same effect as a remedy referred to in subparagraph (i).

Let’s break that down. This legislation not only means that Clive Palmer can not appeal any decision of the government, but if it is found out that the Government acted in a criminal manner, he has no way to seek justice. And love him or hate him, this is not right and as Clive puts it, unconstitutional. He is referring to the 1901 Australian Constitution, the same one that under section 92 states that nothing can stop an Australian Citizen from moving and trading from one state to the next. But I think there is something else that Mark McGowan has missed out, and anyone who voted with amending the Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty. Ltd.) Agreement Act 2002.

Under the Australian Constitution there is section 109, Inconsistency of Laws. Quote “When a law of a State is inconsistent with a law of the Commonwealth, the latter shall prevail, and the former shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be invalid.” This is very black and white and there is no wiggle room with this. If the McGowan Government makes a law that conflicts with the Federal Law, the Federal Law wins. The McGowan Government has removed Clive Palmers ability to take this matter to the High Court which is the Highest Court in Australia. It is governed by the Australian Constitution. Section 75 of the Australian Constitution reads “Original Jurisdiction of High Court, In all matters arising under any treaty; affecting the counsuls or other representatives of other countries; in which the commonwealth, or a person suing or being sued on behalf of the commonwealth, is a party; between states, or between residents of different States, or between a state and a resident of another State; in which a writ of Mandamus or prohibition or an injunction is sought against an officer of the Commonwealth; the High Court shall have original jurisdiction”.

The important line there is “Between a state and a resident of another State, the high court shall have original jurisdiction”. The McGowan amendment to the State agreement between Clive and the WA Government goes directly against what this is saying. The amendments are saying that Clive can not take the matter to the high court, it is also removing the High Court’s ability to try this case is a fair manner. I don’t care who you are, but everyone has the rights to a fair and just legal system and the McGowan Government are using their authority to remove someone’s rights to a Fair Legal system.

My next question is the following, if it is deemed that Clive Palmer has been treated unfairly, did Mark McGowan Abuse his Authority as Premier to disadvantage Clive Palmer and remove his rights as an Australian Citizen? I personally think he did. There is way to explain what Mark McGowan is doing if the High Court rules in Clive’s favor…. Abuse of Public Office, as per the Criminal Code Act 1995.
Quote “(1) A commonwealth public official commits and offence if:
(a) the official exercises any influence that the official has in the official’s capacity as a Commonwealth public official; or
(ii) uses and information that the official has obtained in the official’s capacity as a Commonwealth public official; or
(iii) uses any information that the official has obtained in the official’s capacity as a Commonwealth public official; and

(b) the official does so with the intention of:

(i) dishonestly obtaining a benefit for himself or herself or for another person; or

(ii) dishonestly causing a detriment to another person.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years”

I personally feel Mark McGowan and anyone who voted for the Clive Palmer Amendments should start seeing a Lawyer and start getting their defences together, I can not see Clive taking this lying down and he will chase them all for criminal damages when the High Court Rules this act unconstitutional, I also hope that the CCC investigates whether what Mark McGowan and co are doing as a form of Corruption and an Abuse of Power, but it all comes down to how the High Court will rule the Iron Ore Processing (Mineralogy Pty. Ltd.) Agreement Act 2002 amendments.

8,418 Replies to “What could/should happen if Clive Palmer wins his appeal against Mark McGowan?”

  1. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this site.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and appearance.
    I must say you have done a superb job with this. Also, the blog loads extremely fast for
    me on Firefox. Exceptional Blog!

  2. I have been surfing on-line more than three hours today, yet I by no means found any interesting
    article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made
    good content as you probably did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  3. Thanks for the tips you reveal through this website. In addition, several young women that become pregnant do not even aim to get medical insurance because they are full of fearfulness they probably would not qualify. Although a lot of states now require that insurers supply coverage no matter what about the pre-existing conditions. Prices on all these guaranteed plans are usually greater, but when with the high cost of medical care bills it may be some sort of a safer approach to take to protect your own financial potential.

  4. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all people you really recognize what you are speaking approximately!

    Bookmarked. Kindly additionally discuss with my website =).
    We can have a hyperlink exchange agreement among us

  5. Hi, I do think this is a great site. I stumbledupon it 😉
    I am going to return once again since I book-marked it.
    Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you
    be rich and continue to guide other people.

  6. Hey outstanding blog! Does running a blog similar to this require a large amount
    of work? I have no knowledge of programming however I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, if you have any suggestions or tips for new blog owners please
    share. I know this is off subject but I just wanted to ask.

  7. Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?

    I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a
    tough time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs
    and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  8. I’ll immediately clutch your rss as I can not in finding your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly let me recognise in order that I could subscribe.

  9. I’ll immediately take hold of your rss as I can’t in finding your e-mail subscription hyperlink or
    newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly permit me know so that I could subscribe.

  10. It’s perfect time to make a few plans for the long run and it’s time to be happy.
    I have read this submit and if I may just I desire to recommend you some attention-grabbing things or advice.
    Perhaps you can write next articles relating to this article.
    I wish to read more issues about it!

  11. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems
    as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You obviously know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence
    on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  12. Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing
    to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people
    think about worries that they just don’t know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the
    whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal.

    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  13. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an edginess over that you wish be delivering the
    following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this increase.

  14. It’s the best time to make some plans for the longer term
    and it’s time to be happy. I have learn this
    publish and if I may just I want to recommend you some attention-grabbing
    things or tips. Perhaps you can write subsequent articles relating to this article.
    I wish to learn more issues about it!

  15. The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and
    tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she
    has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic
    but I had to share it with someone!

  16. Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog centered on the same subjects you discuss and would love to have
    you share some stories/information. I know my audience would enjoy your work.
    If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.